What to Do When You See a Rat

What to Do When You See a Rat

There’s something in your house. You can hear it bumping around in the dead
of night, its claws clattering across the kitchen tiles. You know it’s there, but you never see it. All that changes one morning when you open
your cabinet and find a pair of beady black eyes staring back at you. It’s official, you have a rat. Even worse, it finished the Rice Krispies
without asking. And if it’s wearing a chef’s hat, then
you’re in a Pixar movie. Your first instinct might be to go after it
with a broom, or climb on top of the table screaming. While both might seem like appropriate reactions
at the time, neither is very helpful in getting your unwanted guest to leave the house permanently. So, what should you do after discovering a
furry intruder in your home? Well, a good first step might be to figure
out how and why they got in in the first place. For a rat, the act of getting inside is not
often difficult at all. You might have heard that mice and rats have
collapsible bones, or that, like a shark, their skeletons are mainly cartilage. As cool as that would be, it’s unfortunately
not true. A rodent’s bones are just as solid as any
other mammal, and they aren’t equipped with any secret joints that allow them to rearrange
their skeletons on the fly like fuzzy transformers. What they have instead is very narrow shoulders
relative to the size of their skull. Their collarbone is also quite small, proportionally
speaking, and fits behind their head completely. The old story that they can fit through any
hole large enough for their head isn’t entirely true, but not far from reality. Rats have been known to misjudge an opening
and wind up stuck in a too-narrow gap, but for the most part, they’re pretty good at
squeezing through tight spaces. The amount of space a rat needs will vary
from species to species, and even individual to individual. In general, any gap about the size of an inch
is enough for a rat to squeeze through. Mice, being much smaller, can fit through
a hole as narrow as a quarter of an inch. This natural talent comes from their status
as burrowing mammals. In the wilderness or your backyard, they’ll
typically dig about eighteen inches underground, but can go much deeper when trying to find
their way around obstacles. Their preference for concealed burrows translates
to their behavior when intruding on human nesting grounds. Brown rats in particular love nothing more
than finding a cozy spot in your walls to settle down. Once inside your house, rats also excel at
finding their way into places you wouldn’t expect. Their teeth are more than sharp enough to
nibble their way through your couch’s upholstery; and the inside of a sofa is an excellent place
for a rodent to hide and raise their young. So have fun sitting down for the rest of the
day. Have you ever been surprised by a rat in an
unexpected place? Let me know in the comments! Anyways, that explains how they get in, and
some of the places they can end up, but what draws furry critters into your domain to begin
with? Well, much like prospective homeowners at
an open house, nothing draws them in like leaving food out. Fruit, meat, grains; rats aren’t picky eaters
and will go after whatever they can get. Cleaning up your kitchen is the number one
method for preventing an infestation. It’s also important to properly secure the
lids to your garbage cans, a precaution that’s equally effective at dissuading raccoons and
other scavengers. A rat’s opportunistic nature doesn’t preclude
them from having preferences. Brown rats, also known as Norway rats, are
big fans of protein. This includes everything from nuts to meat
scraps and dog or cat food. Meanwhile, the smaller black rats prefer a
diet rich in vitamin C, and will eagerly go after fruit whenever the opportunity arises. For this reason, black rats are sometimes
referred to as fruit rats. A rat’s dietary preference also influences
their behavior in other ways. While both species are capable climbers, black
rats excel at scaling vertical surfaces. They often find their way into places like
attics and ducts, earning their second nickname, the roof rat. Brown rats prefer basements and the ground
floor of buildings. This is also the species you’ll see skulking
around dark places like sewers and subway tunnels. Their names are also a little misleading. Black rats can be brown and brown rats can
be black. Sort of like bears. For this reason, it’s more reliable to identify
rat species by size and behavior instead of color. Fully grown black rats tend to be around thirteen
to fourteen inches from their nose to the tip of their tail. The norway rat is substantially larger and
can grow up to twenty inches in length. That’s a big rat. They’re also not actually from Norway, which
I’m sure is excellent news for any Norwegians in the audience. Both species are believed to have originated
in the steppes of central Asia. From there, they spread like rats across the
world. While other species of rat exist, these “Old
World Rats,” as they’re known, have proved the most adaptable by far. When European explorers came to Australia
and the Americas, they brought their rats with them. Gee thanks. Brown rats now inhabit every continent except
Antarctica, making them one of the most widespread species on planet Earth. At this point, you might be asking, “This
is all very interesting, but how does it help me with getting the rat out of my house?” Well first off, you might want to amend that
to “rats,” as in several. That’s right, much like cockroaches, by
the time you see a rat, there’s a good chance you’ve already got an infestation on your
hands. Your first instinct might be to call an exterminator,
and that’s understandable. Rats and mice often carry diseases and parasites,
so you’ll want them gone as quickly as possible. They’re a common vector for fleas and ticks,
which can spread to you and your pets. A rat’s mouth is full of bacteria, which can
be spread through their bite. Their urine and feces aren’t exactly hygienic
either, and get everywhere. Rat poisons, also known as rodenticides, are
a popular choice and highly effective, but can have unintended side effects. Pets and young children have been known to
ingest rat poison by accident, often requiring hospitalization. With all that in mind, it’s understandable
that some people want nothing to do with rat poison. In that case, you could always go the old-fashioned
route. Traps! Just consider what bait to use. Peanut butter, fruit, vegetables, cereals,
and meat are all valid choices for drawing in rats. Remember, brown rats like protein, and black
rats love fruit. Snap traps offer a far more humane method
of rodent removal, instantaneously shuffling vermin off this mortal coil, while being far
less hazardous to children and pets. If that still makes you uncomfortable, there
are also less violent alternatives on the market. Just bear in mind that bringing rats in alive
presents its own set of problems. Letting them go outside is practically begging
the rat to come back in, and don’t think you can just carry them to the end of the block
either. Rats have an impressive sense of direction,
being able to find their way home from over a mile away, even without Google maps. As someone who gets lost whenever he tries
taking a shortcut to work, I’m impressed. Leaving rats in the woods isn’t really an
elegant solution either, since they’re liable to be eaten in minutes. The inside of a fox’s stomach definitely
counts as out of your hair, but kind of defeats the purpose of taking them alive. Either way, remember the old saying, an ounce
of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keeping rats out of your house saves you from
having to deal with them later. Do this, and you won’t have to worry about
any close encounters of the rodent kind. [singing: Du du du du duuu] Aw rats! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!



  • Raaj Kapoor Singh

    rat i will steel now 😃

  • Russell Henry

    I killed a rat with a toy hockey stick a few months ago. I left my door open a sliver and it got into the recycling bag.

  • Anony Mous

    When I see a rat…
    My GF:


  • Midnight Milky

    You literaly can just make a noise or step next to it😂

  • Mister Cat

    somehow…… rats in this video is very cute….

  • Nermin Elgrawany

    Me: what’s that thing eating my food Rat: I just want food do u want animals die because no food u feed cats but not us Me: Ok rat: I ate all ur food oh np

  • Loqty

    Pet it


    In my old house in the top of the roof there was rats

  • Jay Talens

    I like the last part of the video "nya nya nya nya nyaaahh" lol 😁

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  • beaniz

    Point to it and scream

  • Corey Dyer


  • Serious Graphics 718

    When I see a 🐀 I see a snitch 😂

  • Ghazi Aldeeb

    guess who's watching in 2020



  • Kaif Choudhary

    Me when seeing a rat:

    Aww so cute

  • Lisa Guerrero


  • Shahbaz Shah

    Me : When I see 👀 a rat …. Get out from here.
    Rat: 🐁I won't go because you don't have a cat 🐅

  • Snow Leopard

    I don’t consider feeding the fox 🦊 or coyote defeating the purpose of taking it alive if they’re it’s natural prey.

  • leonplayz

    Where my early squad at?!!? (I'm not soo early)

  • Faridi Friction

    video start at 5:40 have a good day..:)


    Guys, do you think rats and mice make good pets?

  • Štefan Solčianský


    D i e

  • Štefan Solčianský

    D E V O U R I T

  • Xros Heart Federation

    What should I do if it was Jerry or Stewart?

  • Gurmeet nagar

    I don't need to afraid to mouse because I have a Cat in my house Meow

  • Knockout Starscream

    I like the fuzzy transformers comment. LOL.

  • faith nunez

    Nice! This video is helpful

  • TroubleM42

    This is any basic information a simple google search would give you

  • Ally DeRaaf

    There are no rats in Alberta Canada.

  • Jeremy T

    Some guy in prison is taking notes right now

  • Andy Peee

    I think plp eat rats when they eat Chinese food cats dogs etc

  • Dcdatruth85

    Where's my sledge hammer, that MF got to go.

  • the nice buoi

    A Rat GPS!!!!!!! Sounds good !!!!!!!!🐀🐀🐀😂

  • Jennifer Erin Leonard Cairns

    My mom used a box and then my dad YETTed him out

  • Mr Williams🎧🎵🎶🎤

    Load up my Co2 Air pistol

  • rat king

    Train them to chew my bosses car tires then my boss

  • Tran Hoang Hiep

    Coi soi sáng quài, mà bây giờ mới biết nó là phiên bản dịch của brigh sight

  • Sethupathy vj

    Everyone want to get likes in comment section but nobody likes the video..

  • Chirag Kashyap

    How to trap rats? There are many rats in my home.

  • Alphamon 10002

    I love rats they re Soo cute

  • Deanser Gaming


  • mrt57rn

    Two of my grankids gave me a rat several years ago.🐀Yeah…I know, just what I wanted.🙄 I named him Templeton from my favorite book as a child, Charlotte's Web. We grew to like each other & became fast friends. Even my cat like him & they would play. They would lay on my chest together, sleeping when I was watching TV. I'd stick him in a shirt or coat pocket & take him places with me. He was very smart (I taught him tricks), affectionate & never bit me. As pets do…they grow old & die. I was holding Templeton when he passed away one day & there was a void left in my life when he did. 😪

  • joserose joserose

    Bright side you'r the most bom! boom! booooom!!¡!!! Channel

  • Chanel Msp

    You asked me what to do and I screamed “sTaNd oN tHaT mAnKy @sS rAt”

  • Chris Cutress

    I find that rat poison in outside feeders do a great job of getting rid of the little critters (mice too). But just remember … Squirrels are just Rats with a good PR Agent if they get into your house.

  • Virasman

    Everybody gangster untill you get an infestation

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    👇I’m gifting my next 100 loyal subs🌟❤️

  • Kaizoku TAN

    I was born on the Year of the Rat, but I don't have a sense of direction

  • mark johnston2005

    Alberta doesn’t have rats there also illegal here

  • Beaky

    what to do?

    R U N


    I am not afraid of rats and mice. Last winter we had mice in our garage. I fed them during the winter and gave them water and a place to stay and there was no damage to our equipments, only droppings, which we removed. In spring they left the garage and returned to the large park behind our garden. To be sure, I checked the situation with animal friendly mice traps. In short, don't panic. If you treat other creatures respectfully, they won't hurt you or destroy your things. We have a river on one side of the garden and occasionally I can see a rat walking around. To prevent him from hurting the young ducklings in spring, he also receives some snacks from me on a regular basis and he never bothered us or tried to enter the house, despite the fact he is not afraid of us😉.

  • Epic Person

    Bright side: What to do when you see a rat

    Me: burn it

  • Hannah Phelan

    A friend

  • Aditya Simha

    No ,cats and dogs are pets for us,if I keep rat and mice my dog and cat wiill have a meal😄

  • Lee Luckett

    A clean kitchen and garbage covered won’t by itself keep our rodents.

  • Kristof Francisco

    woah!! bright side commented on my latest!

  • Ser Bronn of the Fookin Blackwater

    Throw it with a brick

  • LeaAnn Collins

    Thank god I I have no rats or mice

  • Savage Poet

    What to Do When You See a Democ-Rat? THAT, my friends is a sepaRATe can of worms.

  • Matthis 7

    Kurt0411 better be watching

  • Savage Poet

    When a gangster Rat squeals on a fellow gangster Rat, THAT's RATTING

  • Savage Poet

    When a rat kills itself, that's called SOURIS-cide

  • Savage Poet

    I like rat-n-rice. Hmmm, yummy!

  • Savage Poet

    My ceiling RATTLES with RATS!

  • iiPotatooox

    Correct Answer:

    Give them water and food to make him or her ur pet.


    I used to have alot of cats around just to catch rats but they love to go outside so my neighbors killed them all, I only have one I need more to keep me company also for those darn rats

  • Brownie Cakee

    Fruit rats make great pets~ Adorable little things. <3 I got one named Tofu–

  • Gethro Joseph

    If you find rats in your house, tell them rent is due the first of every month and they’ll never come back trust me. Works every time 😂😂😂

  • Laura Buehler

    My first thought when I saw the subject, 'What to do when you see a rat," Don't Elect Him Into Office

  • BigBrain pooh

    It's the bubonic plauge

  • I'm an idiot cough cough

    Mice are cute

  • LuCharks


  • Ricardo Chavez

    Own a cat , never have such a problem.

  • Savage Poet

    Ah, so that explains Rattan Furniture!

  • Bob bob

    What a useless common sense video learnt nothing new waste of time

  • Gone Ballistik

    What do I do when I see a rat?……..RUN!!!

  • daff a

    this gives me paranoid

  • Markas Playz Roblox And Piano

    BRIGHT SIDE Guy: Rats could go in your sofa
    Me: MOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Crusty Big SHAQ


  • Alex Barton


  • angelrainbow360 cherithy360

    They end up on the guitar of my brother last last last year lol they're were babies

  • Nohax Gaming

    Sirr Alexx"""

  • Yank Keep

    Me when I saw the title
    Run and scream that the plague is coming

  • Super Sailor Moon Crystal

    Just get a good ol' cat 😉

  • Era's magical moments

    Cute Rat: takes a little cookie


    Me: Why u so scared it's just a little rat

  • srksii

    Dislike just cos likes are disabled.

  • D Schulz

    They sure do. But you know what they say "snitches get stiches" 0o

  • itz Megan 0965

    There are no raccoons in my country because I live in
    BRITAIN!!!!!! WOO

  • mattsun BMGO

    I love brownblack mouse full white mouse is my favourite it don't bite or infeste

  • Ideas by Aamir

    great video ..

  • Yukthi Raj

    I found one inside my kenwood speaker system…

  • Nelson Hoogerhyde


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  • Susan Delaney

    What 2 do when U C a RAT? Put a BIG MAC on a trap. Vote it/him OUT OF OFFICE! LOL. Vote BlueVoteBlueVoteBlue

  • Benjamin Cooper

    Once when I was a kid my grandmother was in the room with me and right when I was about to get the rat poison my mother walks in and yelled at my grandma cuz she thought my grandma was letting me eat the rat poison but I snatched at it right when she cane in

  • Hayden Tam

    Me: -sees rat
    Rat: Wassup homie
    Me: who are you
    Rat: I’m shadow
    Me: oh
    Rat: mind if you can lend me food

    The next day…
    Me:-sees 2 rats
    Rat 2: Give me food
    The next day…
    Me:-sees 3 rats
    Rat 3:I’m hungry
    Me: then eat something
    Rat: Where

    The next day…
    Me: sees 4 rats
    Rat: I’m-

  • Sir Kay

    hacks for dealing with rats is the video we are making now?

  • goransh sharma

    one day i wake up and there was a rat on my neck . 😥😥😥

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